The news from the Southwest
, received by mail yesterday, represents General Joe Johnston
as crossing the Big Black in force, leaving Breckinridge
The garrison at Vicksburg
is said to be in fine spirits and confident of success.
On the other hand, we have good grounds for believing that Grant
has been reinforced from Memphis
, probably by detachments from Rosecrans
himself appears to be falling back, which renders this supposition still more probable.
We presume that General Bragg
will follow him closely, should he be moving, as reported, towards Nashville
An officer lately from Port Hudson
reports our loss in the engagement there at six hundred.
The negroes in the Yankee
army were put in front, and they broke at the first fire.
As many of them were killed by the Yankees
as by the Confederates
The whereabouts of Kirby Smith
is still in doubt, some saying that he crossed at Port Hudson
with eighteen thousand men, whilst others contradict the news of his arrival.
All accounts continue to agree in describing the Yankee
loss before Vicksburg
as unprecedentedly large — from thirty to forty thousand killed and wounded being the figures given by some correspondents.
Five Yankee Generals
are said to have been killed, among them Burbridge
, who lately distinguished himself a la Butler
, in the Deer Creek
expedition, visiting private houses and helping himself to plate and jewelry.
So far, everything looks promising in that quarter, and a very few days, perhaps hours, will bring us highly exciting news from the Southwest